Criminal Defense Attorney in Margate, NJ
Have you been recently summoned to Margate Municipal Court over a disorderly persons offense, ordinance violation, or DWI? Having an experienced attorney on your side can significantly improve your chances of having penalties reduced or charges dropped. Joseph D. Lento is a New Jersey criminal defense attorney with vast experience assisting clients in Margate and other New Jersey communities who need strong legal representation at municipal court.
About Margate, New Jersey
Situated on Absecon Island between Longport and Ventnor, Margate City is a coastal community of 5800 people. A favorite destination for surfing and kayaking, Margate is home to the Marven Gardens neighborhood (of Monopoly fame), as well as Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot-high wooden elephant dating back to 1881.
About Margate Municipal Court
Margate Municipal Court convenes at the City Hall on Winchester Avenue. The court deals with all traffic tickets, ordinance violations, and disorderly persons offenses within city limits. Initial hearings for indictable offenses may be held at municipal court before being referred to Atlantic County Superior Court at Mays Landing. A municipal court judge on-call can also issue immediate restraining orders as needed during off hours when Superior Court is closed. Under a shared services agreement, Longport Municipal Court cases are also heard at Margate Municipal Court.
Court Location and Contact Information:
Margate Municipal Building
9001 Winchester Avenue
Margate, NJ 08402
Phone: (609) 822-1998
Fax: (609) 822-3249
Email: [email protected]
Municipal Court Judge: James Savio
Court Administrator: Maureen Larkin
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Why You Need a Good Attorney at Margate Municipal Court
It's never a good idea to face criminal charges without the help of an attorney, even if the offenses are seemingly minor. Even minor disorderly persons offenses heard in municipal court can result in fines, probation, and/or jail time if you're convicted--not to mention the creation of a criminal record that could haunt you for years. Your best chance of obtaining a better result is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney with specific experience in New Jersey's municipal courts. A good attorney will know how to work with the court and prosecutors to negotiate for reduced penalties, downgraded charges, and even have charges dismissed. You may also be eligible for a diversionary program (such as Pre-Trial Intervention or Conditional Discharge), which can lead to charges being dismissed and a clean criminal record. Your lawyer can assist you in applying so that you have the greatest possibility of acceptance.
The Lento Law Firm can help clients with all court-related issues at Margate Municipal Court, including:
- Traffic violations
- Simple assault
- Minor drug offenses
- Disorderly behavior
- Criminal mischief
- Petty theft
- Restraining orders
- Diversionary programs
- Indictable offenses like robbery and aggravated assault
If you are summoned to appear at Margate Municipal Court, attorney Joseph D. Lento can improve your chances of receiving a favorable resolution. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 for help with your case today.